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Clearwater Increases Investment in Arctic Surf Clam Fishery

Ian Smith, CEO of Clearwater Seafoods Inc. recently announced more than $5 million in new investments in Clearwater’s Arctic surf clam fishery. The investments in Glace Bay, N.S. and Grand Bank, N.L. will add new jobs, processing capacity and spur continued sustainable growth of the fishery. “Today’s investment is good news for local jobs, domestic seafood processing capacity and those looking for the very finest wild-caught surf clams from Atlantic Canada,” Smith said. “With ...

TriNav Fisheries Consultants Inc. Marks 10 Years in Business

2017 marks the tenth anniversary of TriNav Fisheries Consultants Inc. (TFC). TFC was established in 2007 to provide Fisheries Consulting services to the TriNav Group of Companies client base specifically designed to bridge gaps and support the different components of the fishing industry through business and economic consulting. Over the past decade, TFC has grown to include a staff of seven, with a presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador. TFC prides itself on ...

Up From the Ashes: Bay de Verde Plant Set to Re-Open This Spring

When overlooking the new modern fish plant adjacent to Bay de Verde harbour, it is hard to believe what transpired in the Northern Avalon Peninsula community nearly a year ago. An April 11 fire totally destroyed the Quinlan Brothers Ltd. seafood processing plant, devastating the community and impacting the employment of about 700 workers. Vice-President of Quinlan Brothers, Robin Quinlan, recently told CBC that plant construction is coming along well and the company is hoping to be up ...

Nova Scotia Launches China Lobster Export Pilot Project

CETA Deal Approved by EU Parliament Bad weather, soft shells and low yields from LFA 34 landings, along with high prices, forced most processing plants in Nova Scotia to shut down by January 12 — with the exception of Riverside Lobsters International located in Meteghan River. Adding to mix was the fact the Chinese market for lobsters was down 30 per cent from last year due to high prices. In New England, most fishermen pulled up their gear in January which led to a lack of product. ...

2017 Eastern Canadian Fisheries Exposition

Attendance Numbers Soar at Leading Commercial Fisheries Event The 2017 edition of the Eastern Canadian Fisheries Exposition, Canada’s longest-running and most successful commercial fishing show, took place February 3 and 4 at the Mariners Centre in Yarmouth. Hailed as an unequivocal success by all involved, this key industry event welcomed 4,726 visitors. “We were completely thrilled with this year’s edition of the show,” said Shawn Murphy, show manager. “This was the ...

Fishing for Success

Above photo: Youth Cod Fishery members learn about the plastics that can be found in fish guts from Natalie Richard of MUN’s CLEAR Lab. By Kimberly Orren We are a Sea People, once described by Winston Churchill as the “world’s best small boatmen.” Yet an entire generation has come to adulthood since the cod moratorium. And those of us who may have grown up with our butts in a punt, now have children and grandchildren who spend more time on a virtual screen than at a splitting ...

LFA 33-34 Lobster Prices All Over the Map

The talk on the wharves prior to the opening of the lobster fishery in LFA 33-34 on Nov. 28 was that things would be different this year regarding price. Last year’s benign weather conditions allowed some harvesters to operate every day for the first 28 of the season. Everything was sold at a decent price, including lower grade stuff, from opening day with prices topping off in some niches at $15/pound in February. How things have changed. With February on the cusp, most harvesters ...

Celebrating the Past… Focused on the future

By Phil Barnes Smallwood & Resettlement (Between a Rock and a Hard Place) When Newfoundland joined Canada in 1949, Premier Joey Smallwood was determined to modernize Canada’s youngest province, or, as he once said... “We’ll drag Newfoundlanders kicking and screaming into the twentieth century if we have to.” His plan was to diversify the economy and provide public services such as better schools, hospitals, better communication and transportation. This would be accomplished by ...

Significant Change to Temporary Foreign Worker Legislation

Above photo: Egmont MP Bobby Morrissey poses with a group of temporary foreign workers following a meeting in which they told him about many of the challenges they face. Worker Advocates and Fishing Industry on P.E.I. Applaud End of Four-in, Four-out Restriction In 2013, a group of Filipino women working on Prince Edward Island as part of the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program wrote a letter to then Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Chris Alexander. The women were rapidly ...

A More Challenging Lobster Season

Lower Landings, Stormy Days Didn’t Lead to Immediate Price Increases Same quality, lower quantities and strong demand but lower prices — so what gives? This is the question most lobstermen in LFA 34 (western and southwestern Nova Scotia) are asking themselves as the heady days of Christmas are over and attention now turns to the Chinese New Year and Valentines Day. Last year, at this time, some harvesters landed product 28 days in a row. This year, high winds cancelled the initial ...